Become a Master Recycler

Join fellow waste reduction enthusiasts and become an advocate for the three Rs in your community as a Hennepin County Master Recycler/Composter.

Master Recycler/Composters are trained on waste prevention, recycling and composting through an extensive six week course that features industry experts and field trips to local waste processing and recycling facilities.

Once training is complete, participants commit to volunteer 30 hours. Volunteer activities include staffing booths at events and designing and implementing waste reduction and recycling projects. When the 30 hour commitment is fulfilled, participants are certified master recycler and composters and encouraged to continue volunteer service.

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Course topics, schedule and registration

As a Master Recycler/Composter, you will inspire others in your community to reduce waste, recycle more and compost. You will also meet others who are excited about waste reduction, gain knowledge from experts, get experience working in the field and have the satisfaction of having an impact on these important issues.

Course topics

  • Waste prevention
  • Recycling process
  • Organics recycling and home composting
  • Low-waste events
  • Public engagement and the motivating behavior change

Classes are taught by professionals from the public and private sector who are working on innovative solutions to environmental challenges.

Course graduates agree to volunteer 30 hours putting their skills to work to help others learn the three Rs: reduce the amount of natural resources used, reuse material and recycle what cannot be salvaged.

Spring 2021 course

Course details

  • Format: online
  • Fee: Free
  • Dates: Six sessions on Wednesday evenings, February 10, 17, 24 and March 3, 10, and 17.
  • Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


Registration for the spring 2021 class will open at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 20.

The link to the online application will be posted here. Applications will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3.

You will be notified whether or not you are accepted to the class by Friday, February 5. 

Notification of future classes

Complete the Master Recycler/Composter class notification form to be notified of future classes.

Unexpected absences policy

Attendance is required at all six classes; however, we understand that unexpected situations may arise that prevent you from attending class. Please let the program coordinator know if you are going to miss a class.

If you miss two or more classes, you will be dropped from the class with an opportunity to participate in a later training session if space allows.

Get help from a Master Recycler/Composter

If you have a project or event that could use Master Recycler/Composter volunteers, email Kaitlin Steinberg at or 612-348-6846.

Applicable volunteer opportunities for Master Recycler/Composters include designing and implementing waste reduction and recycling plans, staffing booths at events, and creating educational resources and displays.

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